The De Wet family have farmed the estate since 1859 when Koos de Wet settled here. He later divided his farm between his sons who went on to breed horses and plant vineyards. The third brother, Jacobus "Kowie" Stephanus inherited Excelsior and, in addition to producing wine, soon became one of the most successful ostrich breeders in the district. When the industry collapsed, Kowie and his son Oscar shifted their focus to breeding horses and cultivating vines. With 220ha planted to vine, wine is now the most important crop on the farm and Excelsior exports to over 20 countries.
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Excelsior Manor Guesthouse offers luxury accommodation in the heart of the Robertson Wine Valley on a working wine farm. The Cape Dutch Revival Manor, once a family home, has been lovingly restored and offers elegant comfort and serenity along with personal hospitality. There are nine classically decorated en-suite bedrooms with one offering facilities for the disabled. Summer days can be spent beside the deep blue swimming pool which is situated on an elevated, yet secluded wooden deck on the southern face of the house. Enjoy breathtakingly panoramic views of the vineyards and the Langeberg Mountain ranges.
Come and visit us and enjoy one of our freshly baked ‘roosterbrood’ sandwiches with your choice of gourmet fillings. Our traditional breads are baked every morning in a wood fired oven and prepared using, where possible, local produce. The menu is changed on a monthly basis meaning that there is always something new for you to try. Graze@excelsior is situated on the bank of the farm’s dam with a large expanse of lawn in front of it, perfect for the kids to enjoy themselves in view of but not necessarily earshot of their parents.